Thursday, 15 September 2011

In Time: Harlan Ellison sues to stop the film’s release amid claims that it is a “rip off” of his story.

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The Hollywood Reporter are reporting that Harlan Ellison is claiming that In Time is in fact heavily based on his own “famous and widely published science fiction short”  ‘Repent, Harlequin! Said The Ticktockman’

Ellison is no stranger to this kind of thing, having sued producers Hemdale in the early 1980s, claiming that James Cameron’s The Terminator borrowed many story points from at least two of his episodes of The Outer Limits (Soldier & Demon With a Glass Hand). Whilst Cameron constantly denied the allegations that matter was settled out of court.

In time has been written and directed by Andrew Nicol, who has made a name for himself as a writer of quality Science Fiction films; notably Gattaca & The Truman Show. Nicol also Directed Gattaca, as well as the less well received Sci-Fi film S1m0ne. Similarities between the stories are apparent, although that is by no means enough for a suit of this sort to win as the rules are very deep and specific and tend to favour the concept that similar ideas can be formed and not be copied. Both stories feature the idea of people having an allotted time to live as well as police force known as Timekeepers. Nicol’s next film will be his adaptation of Stephanie Meyer’s The Host.

When Will Salas is falsely accused of murder, he must figure out a way to bring down a system where time is money - literally - enabling the wealthy to live forever while the poor, like Will, have to beg, borrow, and steal enough minutes to make it through another day.

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